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HBO Has Officially Deemed 'Watchmen' a Limited Series

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By Joe Allen

As the race for the Emmys begins to heat up, there's one less question mark as to where a show will compete. "Watchmen," the series adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Damon Lindelof, will compete as a limited series at the Emmys.

According to Variety, HBO released a statement about the move that reads as follows: “We discussed with the producers and felt limited series was the most accurate representation of the show and any possible future installments.”

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"Watchmen" had been competing as a drama series at various guild awards up until this point, but HBO likely made the decision for several strategic reasons.

For one, the network already has a Best Drama series favorite in "Succession," which aired its second season in 2019. Moving "Watchmen" to limited series gives the network another strong contender in that arena, and may ultimately lead to more prizes for them on the whole.

It also may be accurate, as a second season feels uncertain.

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Lindelof has made it clear in the months following the series debut that he currently has no plans to make another season. He's also said that he would be fine if someone else decided that they wanted to pick up where he left off and keep the story going, or tell a new story altogether.

In fact, the anthology route seems entirely possible, which would make the show akin to something like "American Horror Story" or "Fargo," two shows with multiple, disconnected season.

Damon Lindeof at a podium
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Although those shows have multiple seasons, they're able to compete in limited series because each season features an entirely different cast and a plot that is largely disconnected from the prior season.

"Watchmen's" future as a series is still almost entirely unclear, but whatever becomes of the show in the future, it's fair to consider the episodes we already have to be one, defined story. Even if there is a second season, we won't have that information until after Emmy voting has closed.

Damon Lindelof on the red carpet
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"Watchmen" received acclaim from critics and audiences after its debut in 2019. The show was a remixing of elements from the 1986 comic book, taking the premise of the story and using its consequences to create a new story for 2019.

Even as the show updated many of the comic's elements, it was praised for staying true to many of the comic's key themes. When Emmy season comes around, it could be a strong contender in the limited series branch.

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